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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-22-2009, 12:18 PM  
need help with new lens :(
Posted By wingk1314
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Yes I do actually. But that's the thing. When it's set to 200-300mm it gets REALLY blurry and manual or automatic focusing does just about nothing.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-22-2009, 10:19 AM  
need help with new lens :(
Posted By wingk1314
Replies: 11
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^
Yep, tried that already.
Same thing unfortunately.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-22-2009, 10:05 AM  
What memory to buy to go wit k100d?
Posted By wingk1314
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I find myself finishing a 4gb sandisk card relatively quickly. You're right about this camera having slow write speeds so most of the cards out there will be sufficient. But seeing how memory cards these days aren't that expensive, I'd get a fast 8gb or 16gb just to be future proof.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-22-2009, 09:37 AM  
need help with new lens :(
Posted By wingk1314
Replies: 11
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Hi all,
It was my birthday yesterday and my gf bought me a new lens :D
As thrilled as I were, I seemed to have trouble trying to get one of the functions to work.

This is the lens she got me:
Sigma - Lenses
70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG MACRO


I tried to use the macro function but couldn't get it to work. I kept on getting blurry views that can't be focused properly when I push up the macro button.
I couldn't make much out of the tiny supplied manual so I decided to look it up on the net. But unfortunately I couldn't find any how-to's on this, or similar lens.

I'm trying to use it with a pentax k100D super btw.

I'm really a noob on these things so any help much appreciated!

Thanks and regards.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-15-2009, 10:39 AM  
k100D super getting bad pictures
Posted By wingk1314
Replies: 31
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Thanks for the info!
Forgive me for being slightly off-topic but on my k100ds, the sharpness setting is like this:

S - _ _ | _ _ +
so there is 2 levels of adjustment for "plus" and "minus"
Does each level represent a value or 1 or 0.5?

I have to ask cos I've lost my manual unfortunately :(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-15-2009, 10:32 AM  
k100D super getting bad pictures
Posted By wingk1314
Replies: 31
Views: 4,910
Thanks for all your help guys.

Here are some pics i took a few months ago: (had to blur out the faces though)








The indoor one was taken in my room. As you can see, it's way too red when on autoWB. When I try the tungsten setting, strangely enough it actually comes out with slightly too much green/blue. (Sorry I can't seem to find the same image with that setting).

The outdoor night picture shows the same thing. Too warm. She was under yellowy white light. But I'd say it was more close to being white.

And the picture of the tree, perhaps it's my ineffective skills :p , but it doesn't seem to get sharp enough at the front. (It was manually focused) This happens a lot with manual and auto for some reason. It's not that noticable, but I can tell it's definately not as sharp as it should be.

And usually, I try not to post-process my photos at all since now I want to develop my skills until I'm satisfied with them. I don't want to get lazy all the time and say "oh I can fix that on PS" :)

Regarding monitors, It shouldn't be the case since I have a mac and PC as well as 3 seperate LCD monitors at home. Yes, there are differences between the photo's colors on each display. But overall the same issues are noticable.

Regarding my friend's nikon's photos, unfortunately I don't have her photos on me currently, but I'll see if I can get a hold of them. We both went out one day and took some photos together and then uploaded our photos onto her laptop. There was a clear difference in color reproduction/sharpness and contrast.
Oddly enough, I rememebr she mentioned something about ACR or a setting like that that enhances the contrast/sharpness. That's probably a reason why there was differences in those areas between our photos.

Lastly, in regards to the 'bright' and 'natural' modes, is that sort of similar the the ACR setting on the nikons? I actually had that turned off for a while cos I thought it was a partial reason affecting the overly warm colors.

Thanks again.

phew! long post! =P
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-15-2009, 07:14 AM  
k100D super getting bad pictures
Posted By wingk1314
Replies: 31
Views: 4,910
Hi all,
I bought this little gem for more than a year already but because I was (and still am) a photography noob, I didn't quite take the time to analyse this issue.

I've been getting pictures that aren't very sharp. I don't mean that it's blurred, but when compared with say, my friends nikon, it's noticably not as sharp. On top of that, I find that there's often a stronger red being produced in most of my photos.
Especially indoors. I've tried playing around with the white balance settings but that doesn't seem to help that much.

Is this a known issue?? I'm using 16-45mm F4.0 lens by the way. This has always been bugging me. I've always thought it was due to my own lack of knowledge in using the camera but now as I get more and more familiar with this camera, I'm beginning to suspect it's an issue with the camera or lens itself.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance =)
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